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History Of Enemas
History of Enemas You might have only heard about enemas recently, but the practice has been around since ancient times and have been depicted in art for centuries.
Almost every civilization in the past has used enemas in some way to rid their bodies of accumulated waste and toxins. Strange as it may seem, it’s actually a few of the practices shared by people all over the world since ancient times.
Enemas in recorded history As early as 1500 BC, the people of ancient Egypt have been practising enemas as a means of detoxifying the body. They are credited for being the first civilization to have recorded use of enemas as described in the “Ebers Papyrus” – an ancient Egyptian medical document.
In 600 BC, ancient Assyrian and Babylonian tablets described the use of enemas in the form of cuneiform inscriptions – a system of writing developed by ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia around 3000 to 3500 BC In 400 BC, the great Greek physician Hippocrates of Kos used enemas as a form of therapy for treating fever and other ailments.
In 30 AD, enemas was written as a medical procedure by Celsus; a renowned Greek philosopher and author of “de Medicina” – one of the earliest medical books in history In 200 AD, references for enemas were written on the “Essene Gospel of Peace” – an important religious text where Jesus mentions the significance of colon cleansing.
In 1000 AD, the first enema syringe was invented although it is not clear who should be credited for inventing the apparatus. Some experts believe that Albucasis of Cordova should be credited for creating a similar device in 1013-1106 AD – the ear syringe.
Others believe that the credit belongs to Avicenna who came up with a syringe apparatus in 980- 1036 AD to be used specifically for enemas.
The practice of enemas continued to spread in the middle ages and even became a trend among royalty and wealthy people. The trend continued up until the latter part of the 17th century which would come to be known as the “age of enema” or “clysters” as it was popularly known. Members of the Parisian society indulged in the practice having as many as 4 enemas as a day as they recognised the merits of internal cleansing.
It is believed that King Louis XIII go through hundreds of enemas every year. In the 17th Century, Sir Edward Jukes invented an enema apparatus recognised today as the fist colonic hydrotherapy equipment.
Such equipment became more commonplace in the 19th and 20th century thanks to the introduction of rubber enema which made the process a lot more comfortable and effective. In the latter part of the 19th century, commercially available laxatives and similar drugs became much more common place throwing the practice of enemas into obscurity.
Several notable physicians like Dr. Kellogg and Vincent Priestnitzz worked to rejuvenate the practice as a treatment for various diseases. The latter is credited for turning enema into a methodical therapeutic treatment.
Max Gerson, a renowned German-American physician proposed the use of enema in 1928 for treating cancer patients as part of a therapeutic treatment that he developed. This treatment came to be known as the “Gerson therapy” and further reignited people’s interest in enema as a holistic treatment as it we know it today As you can see, enema has a long history and one that is poised to stay with us for many years to come.
Ancient civilisations and centuries of recorded history can’t be wrong; if you’re looking for a holistic solution for ridding your body of accumulated toxins and waste deposits then enemas are certainly worth looking into.
Looking to get started? Why not try a coffee enema – a method developed by Max Gerson which took colonic hydrotherapy one step further by using organic coffee solution to stimulate gluthathione and bile production in the liver.